Ross ready to spring surprise in big South Yorkshire contest

Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw admits he is the underdog in his ‘derby’ scrap with Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell on July 6.

The pair will be disputing the Central Area super bantamweight title, at Doncaster Dome.

Ross Burkinshaw

Ross Burkinshaw

Burkinshaw’s ring career (W9 L4 D2) has been punctuated by serious injuries, while McDonnell has been going from strength to strength and is unbeaten after nine fights. The Sheffielder accepts he presents a stiff challenge.

But he says: “I am not here for easy fights. I could have done it the easy way. There are journeymen out there, and easy warm-up fights, but this is a 50-50 fight. It is great for me. It is great for Gavin, especially as Jamie (Gavin’s brother) has won the world title. He needs to get up there. Fighting me will get him up there, me fighting him will get me back up there.”

Burkinshaw, who has lost half of his last six fights, admitted: “I am the underdog, I have been out of the ring for a while, but that’s been down to injury.”

The former soldier said Gavin had been in Jamie’s shadow, as far as elite boxing had been concerned. But he added: “Gavin came to boxing at a later stage. Jamie has been at it for years so Gavin is building his way up, like Jamie did. Jamie did it the hard way; you can tell Gavin is taking a similar route. But I am in his way, that’s all there is to it.”